In most every interview, you’ll be given the opportunity to ask questions. At this point many people make one of two critical mistakes.  The first mistake is saying no.  When you say no you give the impression that you are not interested in the position or that you didn’t make any preparation for the interview.  The second mistake is to ask only questions about salary or benefits.  If you only ask questions like this you give the interviewer the impression that you are motivated by money alone and that you have no interest in the career potential offered by this company.  Salary and benefits are important, but the during an interview is not the time to ask these types of questions.

during an interview

during an interview

Since it’s important to ask questions during an interview, what type of questions can you ask?  There are a few areas where you can find questions.  Below are some examples of the questions you can ask.

About the position:

  • Why is the position open?  How long has it been open?  Where is the person who previously had this position?
  • How do you evaluate performance?  When do you conduct performance reviews?
  • What are the most important responsibilities of the position?
  • What are the biggest challenges facing the person in this position?
  • Is there the opportunity for growth in this position?

About the company:

  • What, if any, growth and expansion plans do you have?
  • What projects are scheduled for the future?
  • What do you see as the biggest challenges facing the company now and in a few years?
  • Do you offer training and development programs for employees?
  • How would you describe the culture of this company?

About the interviewer:

  • How long have you been with the company?
  • Did you start with the company in your current position?  If not, how did you get where you are today?
  • Why do you like working for this company?